Town to welcome Cardiff City in pre-season friendly

BIG CROWD: Barry Town United will be hoping for a four-figure crowd when they welcome a Cardiff City XI to Jenner Park for the third consecutive campaign on Tuesday, August 5.

BIG CROWD: Barry Town United will be hoping for a four-figure crowd when they welcome a Cardiff City XI to Jenner Park for the third consecutive campaign on Tuesday, August 5.

First published in Sport

AS part of their pre-season schedule, Barry Town United will welcome a Cardiff City XI to Jenner Park for the third consecutive campaign.

A four-figure crowd is anticipated for this curtain-raiser to the season on Tuesday, August 5, with a strong squad expected to make the short trip from the Cardiff City Stadium.

Internationals Declan John, Rudy Gestede, Filip Kiss, Dekel Keinan, Etien Velikonja, Darcy Blake and Joe Mason were among those to feature in prior meetings between the sides, with the Bluebirds winning 2-1 in 2012 and 3-2 a year later after trailing Barry at the break.

Tickets for this year's derby are set to go on sale at 9am on July 1 via www.barry.ticketsource.co.uk

The Town kick off their pre-season schedule with a trip to Welsh League Division One newcomers Briton Ferry on Saturday, July 19.

Ferry secured promotion on the final day of the season and should provide a difficult opening test for Gavin Chesterfield's title-winning team.

Barry will then have a chance for further silverware on Tuesday, July 22, as the Gary Lloyd Cup is contested for the second time.

This season's battle with holders Llanelli will be played at the neutral setting of Penybont FC, with the Reds lifting the inaugural trophy in 2013 after a 1-0 win.

On Saturday, July 26, Barry travel across the Severn Bridge to challenge Hengrove Athletic in a friendly celebrating the Bristol club's 50th year at their Norton Lane home. The first-ever meeting of the sides last August was a competitive affair and the Western League outfit will be keen to avenge their eventual 3-0 defeat in this year's Anglo-Welsh showdown.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, August 2, Haverfordwest County welcome Barry back to Bridge Meadow Stadium, site of the recent Women's World Cup match between Wales and Turkey.

County finished fourth in Welsh League Division One last season and maintain aspirations of securing a return to the top flight.

The Barry/Cardiff clash three days later will be the first of two marquee matches at Jenner Park in short succession, with Merthyr to visit Barry in the Word Cup tournament the following week.

For the latest on each of these fixtures, visit the club online at www.barrytownunited.com

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